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May 18, 2022

Jon Storm parking lot will be closed beginning May 31

Aerial photo of the Abernethy Bridge and the Jon Storm Park.

We are in the final steps of awarding a construction contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West for work on the Abernethy Bridge widening. Work is expected to start in June!

To accommodate bridge improvements, the Jon Storm parking lot under the bridge in Oregon City will close starting May 31, 2022 and will remain closed until upgrades are finished in 2025.

Additionally, bridge construction will impact bike and pedestrian access in the area and along OR 99. Visit the project website and to learn more about construction impacts.

When completed, the bridge will accommodate three lanes in each direction, be earthquake-ready, and feature improved on-and off- ramps, among other improvements.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these important improvements to this vital part of Oregon’s infrastructure.

May 10, 2022

ODOT Selects Construction Contractor for I-205 Improvements Project

Improvements planned for the project’s first phase.

Please find May’s newsletter below:

ODOT has issued a Notice of Intent to Award to Kiewit Infrastructure West, which means the contracting process is underway with Kiewit to build the first phase of the I-205 Improvements Project. This is a major milestone in our effort to provide safer and more reliable travel along this important corridor. Kiewit is involved in transportation infrastructure projects nationwide and built Portland’s Tilikum Crossing. Pending the contract award, Abernethy Bridge work will begin this summer and last through 2025.

The project’s first phase includes upgrading the Abernethy Bridge to withstand a major earthquake and widening it to accommodate three travel lanes in each direction, improving the interchanges at OR 43 and OR 99E to make travel safer, and installing a sound wall near exit 9 on southbound I-205.

The improvements in the first phase have been approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission and have been funded through the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. When completed, these improvements will “help make everyday travel safer and healthier for Oregonians, while also supporting a vibrant state economy,” said Brendan Finn, Director of ODOT’s Urban Mobility Office. Additional work along the I-205 corridor is planned and schedules are under development.

Additionally, this is the first ODOT project to participate in a pilot workforce development program under the Federal Highway Administration. This pilot will prioritize hiring from economically distressed zip codes in Multnomah, Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties.

Those traveling along this corridor are encouraged to sign up for email and text message updates to learn about upcoming open houses, the formal groundbreaking, along with information on detours and directional closures that will be required starting in 2024. For more information about the I-205 Improvements Project, please see the project’s website.

March 3, 2022

Investing in safer connections for those who walk and roll

Oregon City illustration of I-205 area improvements for people walking or rolling.

West Linn illustration of I-205 area improvements for people walking or rolling.

ODOT is committed to providing a safer transportation system for all its users, in addition to making it easier and safer to enter and exit the interstate in a vehicle. Transportation plays a key role in reducing carbon emissions and advancing environmental justice and equitable access to resources. The project strives to address climate goals and provide users with various multimodal transportation options. The first phase of construction, beginning this spring, will include improvements around OR 43 and OR 99E to increase comfort and safety for people walking, biking or rolling in the area:

OR 43 Interchange:

• New multiuse path along the riverside of OR 43 from I-205 southbound exit ramp to intersection with Willamette Falls Drive.

• New rapid flashing beacon and crosswalk to support people walking and biking OR 43 to access Willamette Falls Drive and West A Street.

OR 99E/Clackamette Drive will include the following new facilities:

• A multiuse path.

• A 6-foot sidewalk connection with a new crossing on Clackamette Drive.

• An 8-foot sidewalk connection between ramp terminals on OR 99E.

  • Main Street will include a new 6-foot sidewalk on both sides of the street under the bridge.
  • New ADA curb ramps.

Future project phases will include:

  • New, wider Sunset Avenue overcrossing will include a 6-foot shoulder and an 8-foot sidewalk in each direction.
  • New, wider West A Street overcrossing will include:
    • 6-foot shoulder/bike lane in each direction.
    • 7-foot curb and sidewalk in each direction.
    • 8-foot parking strip on one side of the street.
    • New ADA curb ramps.

View the location of these improvements here.

February 8, 2022

I-205 Improvements Project Improves Safety, and Creates Earthquake-Ready Bridges, and Business Opportunities

The I-205 Improvements Project is currently seeking contractor bids to construct the first phase of the project, creating an earthquake-ready Abernethy Bridge and improving safety and operations in the area for those who drive, walk and roll. There is a 14% Disadvantaged Business Enterprises construction goal on this phase of the project which will result in approximately $35-40 million in contracts for certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Businesses with this certification are small businesses that are at least 51% owned by:

  • People who identify as Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-Pacific Islander or Subcontinental Asian
  • Women and other individuals on a case-by-case basis

One strategy we used to position these businesses for success on this project is by hosting virtual “Meet the Primes” matchmaking events to prepare prime contractors and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises for the bidding process. We are also asking the project contractor to provide small business capacity strengthening, technical assistance and performance metrics to track their work with the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise community.

In addition to supporting small businesses, the project is participating in a pilot program under the Federal Highway Administration to increase workforce development opportunities with local hiring preferences in economically distressed zip codes in Multnomah, Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties.

Economically distressed zip codes experience lower income levels, lower education levels, and lower employment levels. We expect 8% of the total 1.1-1.5 million labor hours will be from residents of identified zip codes, resulting in over 100,000 hours of career-building work. Read more about the project’s workforce and business opportunities

In addition, the project has established diversity goals. Five percent of workforce hours must be performed by members of the Grande Ronde Tribe as part of ODOT’s agreement with the Council of Tribal Employment Rights. Aspirational targets are also provided to the contractor for 20% of hours to be worked by minorities and 14% by females. The project will also help develop a career pipeline for local workforce through a goal of 20% of hours worked by those in apprenticeship programs.

We will bring the contractor on board this spring and construction should be underway by early summer 2022. Once the first phase of construction is complete, travelers on I-205 will experience an earthquake ready Abernethy Bridge and improved OR 43 and OR 99E interchanges.

Everyone who travels on I-205 in the project area is encouraged to sign up for project updates via email or text message to learn about upcoming meetings and events and stay up to date on construction activities once it begins.

January 27, 2022

I-205 Improvements Project Brings Community Enhancements

The overall project is intended to reduce congestion and crashes, while also making travel times shorter and more predictable. Project improvements will also allow I-205 to remain open and passable following a major earthquake

The overall project is intended to reduce congestion and crashes, while also making travel times shorter and more predictable. Project improvements will also allow I-205 to remain open and passable following a major earthquake.

We are constructing the project in phases. The first phase is set to begin late this spring and includes:

  • Earthquake-ready improvements to the Abernethy Bridge.
  • Removing the current I-205 northbound on-ramp from OR 43 and replacing it with a roundabout.
  • Realigning or widening the on- and off-ramps at OR 99E.
  • Improvements for people who walk and bike on OR 43, Clackamette Drive and OR 99E.
  • A sound wall near the southbound lanes of I-205 at exit 9.
  • Widening I-205 in the project area to allow a third travel lane in each direction, which will be completed in a future phase.

Before construction gets underway, the project will host a variety of in-person and virtual public events to meet the contractor and learn more about the improvements and construction impacts. We encourage you to sign up to receive emails and text messages to receive event notifications and up-to-date traffic impacts once work begins or visit our website at